“Zerik joins us at a great time, as we diversify our revenue to bring in new donors to support the thousands of children and families in the nine counties that we serve,” said Tres Hamilton, CEO of Coastal Georgia Community Action Authority. “Zerik understands the power of relationships and issues families are facing and he undoubtedly will make great things happen through our collective philanthropic efforts.”
Prior to accepting this newly developed position, Samples served as the Executive Director of the McIntosh County YMCA where he led a local advisory board, 27 staff members, and volunteers, helping to meet and lead the strategic goals of the YMCA. His experience in the nonprofit sector includes being the Youth Development Grant Administrator for the YMCA of Coastal Georgia in Savannah, Georgia, where he developed learning objectives, organized curriculum, and delivered training for sixteen 21st Century Community Learning Centers sites. He also developed budgets, maintained grant documentation, and served as the main contact for grant audits performed by Department of Human Services.
Mr. Samples is currently an active member of the McIntosh County Rotary Club, the Darien-McIntosh Chamber of Commerce, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc., and also serves as the Coordinator of the YMCA Teen Achievers Program. He has received a Bachelor of Science degree in Public and Community Health and a Master’s degree in Adult Education and Community Leadership from Armstrong State University.
“I am thrilled to join this amazing organization at this exciting juncture,” said Zerik Samples. “This is one of the largest community action organizations in the state and I am excited the search committee chose me to help create an aggressive fund development plan that will help change people's lives through our philanthropic efforts.”
About Coastal Georgia Area CAA, Inc.
The agency was founded in 1967 and is committed to helping to promote self-sufficiency, improve the quality of life of families through education, training, comprehensive services and advocacy. Coastal Georgia Area CAA, Inc. was established under the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964 to fight America's "War on Poverty". Its mission is to promote self-sufficiency and will strive to improve the quality of life for families through education, training, comprehensive services and advocacy. The agency has developed a bold five year plan to serve more families, to secure additional diversified financial resources so it can continue in its effort of taking an holistic approach in providing the aforementioned comprehensive services to children and families in a nine county service area which includes Bryan, Camden, Evans, Glynn, Liberty, Long, McIntosh, Tattnall, and Wayne counties.